Cabinet Maker Salary

Cabinet Makers in the United States are largely men, earning an average of $16.88 per hour. Residence is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by experience level. Approximately two in five enjoy medical while a little less than a fifth get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to less than one in ten. For the most part, Cabinet Makers enjoy their work and report high levels of job satisfaction. This snapshot results from replies to PayScale's salary survey.
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$26,776 - $73,522
(Median)
$27K
$42K
$74K
MEDIAN: $41,878
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$11.78 - $24.64
(Median)
$12
$17
$25
MEDIAN: $16.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$25K$50K$75K
Salary
$26,776 - $73,522  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,010  
Profit Sharing
$1,221 - $2,622  
Total Pay (?
XTotal Pay combines base annual salary or hourly wage, bonuses, profit sharing, tips, commissions, overtime pay and other forms of cash earnings, as applicable for this job. It does not include equity (stock) compensation, cash value of retirement benefits, or the value of other non-cash benefits (e.g. healthcare).
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$25,187 - $54,021  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 44
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$12$24$36
Hourly Rate
$11.78 - $24.64  
   
Overtime
$16.79 - $33.82  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$24K$48K$72K
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,010  
   
Profit Sharing
$1,221 - $2,622  
Total Pay (?
XTotal Pay combines base annual salary or hourly wage, bonuses, profit sharing, tips, commissions, overtime pay and other forms of cash earnings, as applicable for this job. It does not include equity (stock) compensation, cash value of retirement benefits, or the value of other non-cash benefits (e.g. healthcare).
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$25,187 - $54,021  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 476
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Job Description for Cabinet Maker

Cabinet makers work with a variety of materials, including wood, laminate, and steel. They work in both residential and commercial settings to build and install cabinetry and storage sections. In some situations, cabinet makers are also designers; in others, they are simply required to be able to read and follow blueprints and implement the vision of a designer or architect.

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Cabinet Maker Tasks

  • Trim and verify dimensions before fastening and adhering components; sanding, staining, sealing and painting surfaces; and adding hardware.
  • Cut and shape selected wood by operating power saws, planers, sanders, jointers, routers, and nailers.
  • Build cabinets with the aid of blueprints, specifications, and part calculations.
  • Prepare cost and time estimates in addition to conserving use of equipment and supplies.

Common Career Paths for Cabinet Maker


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It is somewhat unusual to come across Cabinet Makers who move on to become Cabinetmaker Foremans, but it does happen from time to time, and the median salary for that position sits slightly higher at $44K. The most common career progression for Cabinet Makers leads to becoming a Bench Carpenter Cabinetmaker, where average pay is $39K annually. However, many Cabinet Makers also opt to become Cabinet Maker, Kitchens. Typically, a Kitchen Cabinet Maker brings home $35K.

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Cabinet Makers generally report applying a varied skill set to their work. Most notably, skills in CNC/NC, Cabinetry Installation, Manufacturing Fabrication, and Blueprints are correlated to pay that is above average. Those listing Machine Operation as a skill should be prepared for drastically lower pay. Blueprints and Manufacturing Fabrication also typically command lower compensation.

Pay by Experience Level for Cabinet Maker

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.


For Cabinet Makers, more experience in the field does not usually mean bigger paychecks. Workers in their first five years can expect to earn $29K, but people who have been around for five to 10 years earn a noticeably bigger sum of $36K. People with 10 to 20 years of experience make an average of about $40K in this role. Cabinet Makers who have stuck around for more than two decades see earnings that are only slightly higher than those of folks who have worked for 10 to 20 years; the more senior group makes around $41K on average.

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Experience Affects Cabinet Maker Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 11%

Experienced
up arrow 7%

National Average
$37,000

Mid-Career
up arrow 4%

Entry-Level
up arrow 22%

Skills That Affect Cabinet Maker Salaries

National Average
$37,000

CNC/NC
up arrow 5%


Manufacturing Fabrication
up arrow 10%

Blueprints
up arrow 13%

Machine Operation
up arrow 24%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 73 votes.

Gender

Female
1 %
Male
99 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
17%
5-9 years
16%
10-19 years
32%
20 years or more
34%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 40% dental benefits Dental: 18%
vision benefits Vision: 8% employee benefits None: 59%
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